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Since Congress passed tax reform, both Trump’s approval and the generic ballot are showing an uptick in support for the President and the Republican party.
The Morning Consult explains:
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While Trump’s net approval rating remained 7 points underwater in January — with 44 percent of registered voters approving of his job performance and 51 percent disapproving — the number represents a 2-point bump compared with his rating in September and a 4-point bump from October and November.
Much of that gain was driven by an increase of enthusiastic support from Republican voters: Forty-eight percent of those voters in January said they strongly approve of Trump, compared with 43 percent in September.
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Some experts suggest Trump’s improved standing with the public, and Republican voters in particular, was partly due to rosy economic indicators during this period — from stock market gains to strong employment figures — and Republican lawmakers’ overhaul of the country’s tax code, despite the public’s mixed response to certain parts of the legislation.
Morning Consult attributes the increase in Trump’s approval ratings to a decrease in fear he won’t stick to the policy agenda he promised, and one that’s mostly congruent with Republican ideals.
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The generic ballot mirrors the same trends. For only the second time since Trump’s inauguration and the first time this year, Republicans outpaced, albeit barely, their Democrat opponents:
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“Not only have Republicans increased support on the generic congressional ballot, they are now trusted more to handle the most important issue when voters head to the polls: the economy,” said Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult’s co-founder and chief research officer. “In mid-December, 39 percent of voters said they trusted Democrats more to handle the economy, compared to 38 percent who said Republicans. Today, 43 percent say Republicans and 32 percent say Democrats.”
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